The School



Scuola Internazionale di Teatro Italiano “Giovanni Grasso” is a school of performance, lyrical singing and Italian language offering workshops for professional development in the field of Italian theater, Opera and the performing arts.

The School is dedicated to:

  • students of singing, acting and professional singers, actors and performers
  • Italian language and culture students

Our goal is to provide opera singers of new tools designed specifically for their voice, their diction, and their performance.




Why “Giovanni Grasso”?

Why “Giovanni Grasso”?

The school is named after Giovanni Grasso, an internationally known Italian actor of the 20th century. His acting style influenced some of the most important acting and performance practitioners, like Lee Strasberg, who created the famous Actor’s Studio method, and Vsevolod Emilevich Meyerhold, who developed the Biomechanics approach.

The school aims to analyze those acting techniques that have made this Italian style an important inspiration for modern and contemporary drama.


Why a School of Italian Theatre in Montreal?

The School in Italian language and performance has been founded thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Institute of Culture, McGill University and The Theater Company Teatro del Disìo, that held a series of acting workshops dedicated to the study of masks and Commedia dell’Arte in 2016 in Montreal.

The aim of the School is foster artistic and linguistic learning while studying theatrical techniques, Italian texts and Italian authors in a culturally and linguistically vibrant city such as Montreal.